vp joice mujuru 29.09.10.jpgVice President Joice Mujuru has implored Zimbabweans and Zambians to maintain the spirit of togetherness even in times of sorrow.

Cde Mujuru made the remarks after signing the book of condolences at the Zambian Embassy following the death of former Zambian president, Dr Frederick Chiluba last Saturday.

Said Vice President Mujuru: “It is with deep sorrow that we have learnt of the passing on of our dear leader and former president of Zambia.

The people of Zimbabwe and the Head of State and Government do share with you in these times of unhappiness.”

Expressing her condolences to the Zambian deputy ambassador to Zimbabwe, Mr. Chabakola Kasukumya, Cde Mujuru paid tribute to the excellent relations that exist between the two countries, saying Zimbabweans and Zambians are one people and should never abandon each other even in times of sorrow.

In response, Mr. Kasukumya thanked Cde Mujuru and took the opportunity to explain how Mr. Chiluba died.

Mr. Fredrick Chiluba was Zambia’s president between 1991 and 2001.

He died in the early hours of last Saturday at his Lusaka residence at the age of 68.

Mr. Chiluba will be buried in Lusaka at the Embassy Park cemetery next Monday.

A trade unionist, Mr Frederick Jacob Titus Chiluba was credited for the reintroduction of multiparty politics in Zambia and liberalising the economy when he won the 1991 elections.

However, soon after leaving office Mr. Chiluba’s life was dogged with corruption allegations among other charges and underwent a 7-year trial but was controversially acquitted in 2009.